USC football is at a crossroads.
The team is coming off an embarrassing loss at home to Washington State, and the program is coming off a disappointing finish to the 2013 recruiting cycle, plus 2014 recruiting is not going as well as it has in the past.
For the Trojans to turnaround their recruiting, they need to re-establish the fence around their state. California has several elite recruits in the 2014 class who USC must not allow to slip away from their clutches.
An athlete from a traditional USC pipeline could choose another school, while a cornerback who attends a school the Trojans have recently gotten three great receiver prospects from has other schools on his mind. Also, a mauling guard could opt for an SEC team.